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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: civilian network, graduating as a second LT (same level as graduating from a military school like West Point), freedom of choice, freedom of decision making. Sold...

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  • Being a member of the West Point family

    Hear Cadet Gabra Perez explain the academic and leadership training she received...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: West Point Officership Education Training scholarships

    Being a member of the West Point family
    01:24
  • West Point: Graduate as an Officer

    A rigorous curriculum and unparalleled training in leadership, that’s why Cadet ...

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    Cadet Jae Yu
    West Point: Graduate as an Officer
    03:58
  • WEST POINT

    Find out why Jeanne Hull declined admissions to several Ivy League institutions ...

    WEST POINT
    02:47
  • Episode 2:

    The Army teaches you strong leadership skills. Same thing with NCAA sports.

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    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 2:
    04:37
  • Episode 10:

    Find out what an Army MP instructor has to say about coaching NCAA football.

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    Episode 10:
    04:37
  • West Point Instructor / Athletic Director

    See how managing Soldiers and college athletes requires similar leadership skill...

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    TAGS: Officership West Point

    West Point Instructor / Athletic Director
    06:09
  • Military Police Instructor / NCAA Linebacker Coach

    Watch a U.S. Army MP instructor go one on one with an NCAA football coach.

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Military Police Instructor / NCAA Linebacker Coach
    04:37
  • I drew on a lot of my Army experience

    Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough explains how his Army experiences helped him in his pre...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    I drew on a lot of my Army experience
    01:18
  • Joining the Army seems the right decision

    Col. Timothy Kopra answers Adam from Waxon, North Carolina, who asks; "Joining t...

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    Joining the Army seems the right decision
    00:37
  • The Army has taught me how to be resourceful.

    Col. Douglas Wheelock walks you through how he had to use the problem-solving sk...

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    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    The Army has taught me how to be resourceful.
    01:38
  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: ci...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC West Point

    Making of an Officer
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Making of an Officer

Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: civilian network, graduating as a second LT (same level as graduating from a military school like West Point), freedom of choice, freedom of decision making. Sold...

There is also that civilian network here; there is somewhere to go on weekends to wind down unlike near the academies. Essentially graduating from WestPoint and graduating from here you are going to be at the same level. You are both going to be Second Lieutenants. ROTC cadets educated at a place like Johns Hopkins, a private university, offer an important compliment to those trained at the military academy. They are Tuscany tigers; they will always be tuscany tigers. They understand that this is a HPC institution. It is not a secret, but it is also like extended family.
But they do not have to major in ROTC. They focus on some other things and participate in activities whether it is fraternities or sports, because those are things that are going to carry through for the rest of their lives. It does nothing but help you grow up. If you have someone telling you what to do and when to do it all the time than you do not have that freedom of choice and freedom of decision making that you do if you go to ROTC. It definitely takes a motivated person to do well in ROTC and life in general. We want people who have technical and scientific understanding, whether it is in engineering or biology.
The Army ROTC sends us to the nurse summer training program were we get extra training that a civilian nursing student would not get. I have had more experience here than I have had in two years of nursing school. When they come here we are constantly saying "When you become a registered nurse, when you become and Officer" you are going to be doing this and this; lets go ahead and give it a try. So by the time they leave here they are just all smiles, thinking this is so cool and I didn't know I could do that. In reality it is a huge responsibility that other peoples lives are in your hands. Even though it is a training environment, it will eventually become a reality.
It is my desire to become a pediatrician and to take care of children. I respect the Army's organization, but I also know that I have to work hard to be where I want to be. To work with soldiers that work hard to keep safe and to be able to give back and to send them home at the end of the day is probably one of the greatest feelings in the world. We have people who do sociology, history, a whole variety of majors because the Army is representative of America. Hopefully I am going to get into the military intelligence field. If I want to be a vet or if I want to be a doctor, the Army would pay for schooling, which is really nice. After graduating from Hopkins I plan to go to law school. Taking on a challenge like Ranger school is just the first step I can take to push myself to the limits to find out what it takes.
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